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New Jersey Voters Deciding On School Budgets Today

FILE - A voting booth in Fort Lee, NJ (Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

Voting booth in Fort Lee, NJ (credit: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880)

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TRENTON, NJ (AP / CBSNewYork) - Voters in most New Jersey school districts get a say on their taxes Wednesday.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney With Frank Belluscio, Director Of The New Jersey School Boards Association

Unlike in other states, voters get a direct say on their taxes to pay for schools. They’ll also vote on school board candidates.

Even though the state has the highest average property tax bill in the U.S., the majority of budget plans are routinely accepted. But last year, nearly 60 percent were rejected as Gov. Chris Christie campaigned against the proposals in towns where teachers did not agree to voluntary pay freezes or health insurance co-payments.

This time, taxes in most towns are not allowed to go up by more than 2 percent.

The unusual Wednesday voting date came about to avoid a conflict with the Passover holiday.

Voting hours vary by community.

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